updated 05/13/2011 AT 6:30 AM ET
•originally published 05/12/2011 AT 8:55 PM ET
Either Two and a Half Men has a new star or we’re getting punk’d.
The finishing touches are being put on what is described as a “huge payday” for the return to scripted television for Kutcher, 33, the former That ’70s Show star who has been focusing since on feature films and TV producing, according to the report.
Kutcher’s name surfaced as the new choice for the No. 1-rated sitcom after a deal to cast Hugh Grant fell through.
Kutcher himself possibly delivered a clue to his Twitter followers Thursday about his casting: “What’s the square root of 6.25?” the actor asked in a Tweet.
The answer is 2½.
CBS declined to comment. “There’s nothing new to report,” a rep says.